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KIM___
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6/23/13 7:11 P

You will have to remind yourself once every month. During that time I remind myself that I fluctuate up to 5 pounds.

I know I didn't gain 5 pounds overnight (which is how it seems to appear) so I avoid the scale for that whole week just so I don't feel bad.

The scale is so small, but it does make or break my day sometimes. emoticon



KELLY8899
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6/22/13 9:37 A

Did my weekly weigh in this morning and I am so so happy to report that I have lost 4 lbs!! A total now of 8 lbs. in 3 1/2 weeks. I feel so much better now about having been up one pound last week. I see that the body can fluctuate and that gaining one week is not a indication that all hope is lost. I am sure I will have to remind myself of this time and time again during the process but I am sure happy at the moment! :) step by step...little by little...I am getting there!!



MISSRUTH
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6/18/13 8:20 A

I don't have much to add, to what has already been said. When I lost the weight, it came off very slowly. Which was extremely disappointing. I'm in menopause, hypothyroid, and my metabolism was so slow, it was comatose.

I had to remind myself that I decided to make this lifestyle change, not *just* to lose the weight. It was about health and fitness as well. Personally, I agree that your "gain" isn't really a gain at all-- it's most likely hormones and water. Unfortunately, the scale only tells us the effect of gravity on our bodies at a particular moment in time. It doesn't tell us anything about water retention or anything else.

There were many times that I had to just "trust the process"-- that if I stayed within my calorie range, and tried real hard to eat a good balance of carbs, fat, protein-- and exercised like I said I would.... tweaking things here and there, changing things up a bit here and there.... well then over time, it would work. And it did. But it most definitely wasn't a straight line of downward progress on the scale.

I also had to remind myself that I know what would happen if I give up. I'd gain the weight back, plus more. I know this, because I yo-yo dieted for years. If I quit exercising, I'll go back to being flabby and incapable of climbing a steep hill or a bunch of stairs, without feeling the need of paramedics and extra oxygen. (ok I'm exaggerating a little, but still.) My favorite mantra is "I do not fail because I do not quit". My progress may not be as rapid as I'd prefer. But if I quit, there will be no progress at all. I've got just enough curiosity, to stick it out and see what happens.



BRIGHID3
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6/17/13 11:22 P

My weight loss has been so slow I have to celebrate your total of five pounds lost! I've lost about 5 pounds since March. And it's been hard so I can imagine that it must be harder for you!

One of the things I'd say to help you cheer up is to look at all you've accomplished! You're on week 2 of the couch 2 5K! That's amazing! I've printed out the 8-Week Rookie Running Program and hung on the wall next to my desk. That's to motivate me to aim for that. Seriously! Don't measure yourself just by the scale! You kept at exercising! And you stayed within your calorie range amazingly well. Do you feel better? Do you have more energy? Can you walk longer?

It is about losing weight but it's also about being good to yourself, about making you healthier. Maybe your cholesterol is lower or your blood pressure. Maybe you can lift a heavy object easier than before. Maybe you're helping to prevent future osteoporosis.I'm sure all the work that you've been doing must be helping in some way that the scale isn't capturing. :)

I hope tomorrow is a better day. :)



DRAGONCHILDE
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6/17/13 10:37 P

You and me both, dear. If you find it, let me know, and we'll make millions together when we patent and sell it. ;)



KELLY8899
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6/17/13 10:25 P

Thank you for your reply and for the info :) I should clarify, that the 5 lbs. weight loss was total over two weeks. Not 5 lbs. each week. I wish!! lol. What you posted really makes sense. In fact, the monthly cycle culprit may also be to blame! It's just so hard to put so much effort and thought into it to see it happen so slowly, though I know that it is the way to go. Just wishing for a magic wand! :)



DRAGONCHILDE
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6/17/13 10:19 P

Gaining a pound doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong; it's most likely just temporary water retention. THe increased intensity of your workout program could be responsible:

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Or, it could just be your typical monthly hormonal fluctuation. Count back 28 days... did you have your period this time last month?

You can't expect to keep up 5 lb a week losses though, especially not if the weight you have listed to lose in your ticker is correct. As you lose, you will lose more slowly. Fast losses are typical in the beginning as we shed excess water and such, but it balances out to more steady fat loss as we progress. :) What you're seeing was likely rapid water loss, then a little water retention based on exercise. Two weeks isn't enough time to see substantial (1 lb) weight gain from muscle tissue.

I think it's safe to expect around 1-2 lbs per week (closer to 1 as you lose weight) at first, and that will go down as you get closer to your goal weight. Within 10 lbs, you'll be losing 1/4 to 1/2 a lb at most.

Hang in there. It'll be okay. :) Give lifestyle changes 6-8 weeks to show up on the scale. It took time to gain the weight, it'll take time to take it off!



KELLY8899
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6/17/13 10:01 P

I decided the day after Memorial Day of this year (May 28th) that I was going to finally take action and change my life. Eat better..count my calories..workout and lose that weight that I put on over the course of the last 5 hard and stressful years.

I have been tracking my nutrition and staying within my goals (98 % of the time, going over calories by a couple hundred on a couple of occasions). I have been working out on my new treadmill average 6 days a week for at least 30 minutes each time. I am on week 2 Day 2 of Couch To 5K and walking briskly 30 minutes on in between days. The first two weeks I lost 5 lbs. but this past week I lost nothing. Worse yet...I GAINED a pound. I have had so many friends offer me reasons and advice...it's muscle weight, you must not be counting your calories right, use a kitchen scale, drink more water, etc. Looking for others that have experienced this to tell me it's going to be okay and that you started losing again quickly!!?? Stories please.... :)



 
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